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Judge rules Oregon clean energy ballot initiatives can proceed

CLIMATE: A county judge in Oregon rejects a former Republican secretary of state’s rationale for blocking two clean energy ballot measures environmentalists want to bring before voters in November. (Associated Press)

A new report indicates that California will have to nearly double its current rate of emissions reductions to achieve its goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. (Monterey Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says a state Supreme Court ruling allowing caps on direct but not indirect greenhouse gas emissions will significantly affect the state’s ability to reduce emissions. (Spokesman-Review)
Microsoft pledges to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 across direct emissions and its supply chain. (Associated Press)

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PG&E expects its discussions with California Gov. Gavin Newsom will lead to changes in how the utility is overseen. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A federal judge is threatening to force PG&E to hire more tree trimmers to reduce the possibility of its electrical grid igniting more wildfires in Northern California. (KCRA)

UTILITIES: Tri-State’s spokesman says it’s unclear if the utility’s plans to invest in renewables and cut emissions will stem potential member defections. (Utility Dive)

PUBLIC LANDS: The BLM has approved the proposed $1 billion 450 MW Desert Quartzite Solar Project on roughly 3,000 acres of public land in eastern Riverside County, California. (S&P Global)

STORAGE: Battery vendors say California’s main storage incentive to protect against planned power shutoffs needs more flexibility than those currently proposed by regulators. (Greentech Media)

Oil and gas companies in New Mexico can be fined up to $10,000 per day for pollution under rules adopted yesterday. (E&E News, subscription)
Legislation was introduced in California that would force energy companies to keep detailed accounting of emissions from infrastructure and wells on public lands. (E&E News, subscription)

MICROGRIDS: California’s response to power outages and wildfires will drive up the West Coast’s share of annual microgrid capacity additions from 13 percent in 2019 to 25 percent in 2021, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)

NATURAL GAS: PG&E has tentatively been granted eminent domain over a portion of a private vineyard owner’s land in Calistoga, California to construct a liquid natural gas plant. (Napa Valley Register)

COAL: Utah coal mines suffer a major setback as a California city that has been a key export gateway approves a ban on the storage and handling of coal. (Salt Lake Tribune)

PERMIAN BASIN: Records show oil and gas operations in New Mexico’s Permian Basin generated $3.1 billion in revenue for the state last year. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

SOLAR: A California solar provider accused of having a policy to deny service to people believed to be of Indian or Middle Eastern descent will pay $350,000 to settle a lawsuit. (East Bay Times) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California-based electric car startup Lucid Motors will unveil the production version of its Lucid Air luxury sedan in April. (Mercury News)

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HYDROGEN: California’s Energy Commission announces the release of over $45 million to develop hydrogen fueling stations. (H2 View)

OFFSHORE WIND: A fishing industry coalition focused on offshore wind energy development announces the creation of a new Pacific Advisory Committee to address fishermen’s concerns. (National Fisherman)

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